🍃 Spring 2 🍃
Science - We're asking "Are we different or are we the same?" We want to know about bodies, skeletons and nutrition.
Geography - A study of the Peak District Vs Derby city. What is it like to live in these places? What are the physical and human features of these places? What is the same and what is different? What kinds of jobs do people have in these places?
R.E. - We begin a new R.E. enquiry where we will learn about Easter and forgiveness. Our key question is: What is 'good' about Good Friday?
Maths - We start this half term looking at length and perimeter.
English - We start this half term by creating our own warning tales.
🥖 RE - The story behind the bread and wine - 6.3.20 🍷
Today, the children had the opportunity to try some bread and juice whilst listening to the Bible story of why Jesus shared bread and wine with his disciples at the last supper.
📏 Maths - measuring length - 2.3.20 📏
We took our knowledge learnt this week outside to measure things in our playground. Children had the opportunity to create their own lengths for children to measure using chalk.
🏃🏼♀️ Our Science fantastic finale! - 12.2.20 🏃🏼♂️
For our fantastic finale we teamed our knowledge of forces and magnets learnt in Science with our knowledge of the Olympics to enable our magnets to move through the paper, making our runner run round the track!
🎭 Reading plays - 11.2.20 🎭
In reading this week, we explored the Greek play of Baucis and Philemon. We learnt what stage directions can do for actors and even had a go at acting it out ourselves to the rest of the class.
🐔 The hut on chicken legs - 11.2.20 🐔
for our writing moderation with other Swadlincote schools. We had to write a story about the weird but wonderful hut on chicken legs. We explore story ideas through a carousel where children could share and steal ideas!
💷 Money Money Money! - 7.2.20 💷
We teamed up with 3S today for maths to explore the tricky skill of calculating change. We turned 3S into a shop before role playing buying and selling things!
🇬🇷 Greek Day! - 29.1.20 🇬🇷
For our magical middle we enjoyed a day full of Ancient Greek activities and fun. We started the day off with a talk from our Ancient Greek visitor Alex (Alexis) before having a go at a quiz he had prepared for us. We then tackled some Ancient Greek board games and puzzles as well as a democratic vote. The afternoon saw a very energetic war game followed by a performance of Theseus and the Minotaur starring our very own year 3 children! A great day had by all!
🧲 Science - 22.1.20 🧲
We tested the strength of magnets by using them as metal detectors! We managed to find screws, spoons and springs!
🇬🇷🎭 Sensational Starter and Magical Middle! 🎭🇬🇷
We have had lots of fun exploring our history topic of Ancient Greece this half term! We had a Greek day where children could experience some Greek traditions such as grape squashing, yuck! We also acted out part of our writing story, Theseus and the Minotaur.
💡Science - 10.12.19💡
For our Science fantastic finale, we used the translucent material of tissue paper and opaque black card to create our own Christmas stained glass window decoration. We then switched the lights off before placing a battery powered candle behind the decoration as the light source! Here we are looking very pleased with the result!
💡Science - 4.12.19💡
We were lucky the sun was out today! We went and explored how we create shadows with the sun before returning to the classroom to discuss the science behind the size and length of shadows depending on where the light source is.
🏝Writing - 25.11.19🏝
While learning about the isle of Naboombu in writing, we looked at the island while using the text to place its key attributes. The children learnt the terminology north, south, east and west while linking to our topic on the use of maps and atlases to place them correctly on the map.
💡Science - 20.11.19💡
In today’s lesson, we were looking at how reflective surfaces were while learning the key vocabulary words translucent, transparent and opaque. The children got under the tables and we switched the lights off so the room was dark. Then, using torches we tested how reflective materials were such as gauze, a CD and foil.
🌍 Topic - 12.11.19 🌍
Today, we discovered some countries of the world! The children used iPads, facts and atlases to continue to become atlas detectives and experts on these countries. The children enjoyed finding out about their cultures, food and some funny facts!
🎭 5.11.19 🎭
Class 3M getting up and active in lessons! Working on our drama and our facial expressions.
📝 Autumn homework 📝
Here is an example of some of the fantastic home learning which was shared with the class. Well done to these children!
🥕The School Garden 🌱
Today we ventured into the school garden for the first time this year! We mostly weeded the planters in preparation for planting flowers and vegetables over the year. We started by planting some leeks which will hopefully be ready by Christmas! The children really enjoyed the hands on experience and working collaboratively to look after our garden. Watch this space for the ever growing allotment!
🔠 Inspire spelling workshop - 8.10.19 🔠
Today we had some of our wonderful parents come along to join our spelling workshop. We had word searches and spelling blasts going on as well as spelling versions of snap and noughts and crosses. The children also got creative and made their words out of pipe cleaners! The children really enjoy doing spelling blasts every morning during the school day so they enjoyed finding out new ways to make learning spellings fun!
Thank you to parents that came along and supported their child!
📚 Reading - 4.10.19 📚
This week in reading we have been ready about the gruesome Mr Gum! We recorded our thoughts about Mr Gum once we had read it. We explored the vocabulary from the extract and used our skimming and scanning skills to find the vocabulary that describes Mr Gum. We also did a word association game where we connected vocabulary with pictures using our knowledge of the text to help us!
🕵🏻♂️ Topic - 10.9.19 🕵🏼♀️
Today was our Stone Age day! This kicked started our topic by looking at the Stone Age. We had a mysterious visitor in the hall that turned out to be Om the Stone Age woman! We travelled back in time to question her on what life was like before becoming archaeologists to predict what some Stone Age artefacts were.
🕵🏻♂️ Topic - 1.10.19 🕵🏼♀️
Today we had our Topic Marvellous Middle! We went into a Mantle (a drama strategy where we the children take on a different role) as archaeologists to figure out who the skeleton belonged to and what and why he was buried with artefacts. The children took on the role confidently and came up with original and fantastic ideas! They then returned to their classrooms and learnt all about the Amesbury Archer from archaeologists understanding he had a bad knee by observing his skeleton, to being buried with over 100 artefacts to take with him to his next life!
🔍 Science - 13.9.19 🔍
To kickstart our learning journey in Science, we had a sensational starter where Mr Collins, a real life geologist came in show us about rocks, soils and how the three types of rocks are formed!
To discover how sedimentary rocks form, the children each had a pot of pasta and butter to represent bits of rocks, shells, clay and sand called sediment. When the children shook the pots, mimicking the turbulence in rivers, the different parts fuse together, forming a rock.
To to discover how metamorphic rocks go through a big change, children had a piece of foil, representing the rock. They had to apply pressure to the foil, as pressure pushes rocks to change form when in the ground. Heat also changed the form of rocks. The children had a bag of butter and when they applied heat from their hands it melted and changed form, as a rock would in the ground.
🧪 Science - 24.9.19 🧪
In today’s lesson, we did a hardness test on different types of rocks. This was testing for how hard the rocks were and understanding what erosion is. The children used nails, lollipop sticks and sandpaper to how each rock eroded before ranking them and classifying them into the three rock types.
🕵🏻♂️ Science - 9.10.19 🕵🏼♀️
In Science this week, we had our Marvellous Middle! We went into a mantle and became archaeologists, much like our Topic Marvellous Middle! In fact weren’t just archaeologists looking for anything, we were palaeontologists looking for fossils! We carefully searched for the fossils (among other rocks) and brushed the sand off them carefully like real palaeontologists would!
🙏🏻 RE - 9.10.19 🙏🏻
Today we were looking at the qualities of the prophet Muhammad. He showed his people how to be kind, caring and wise. We applied these skills to our everyday school life! The children used drama to act out their own scenes showing one of the qualities. We also discussed how this links to our school respect agenda of equality which the children learnt about previously with Mrs Driver in assembly. We therefore built on their prior knowledge so the children understood how to show equality day to day.